Bolsonaro's strategy to make Indigenous Peoples disappear in Brazil

BY RICARDO VERDUM FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

The National Indian Foundation is an active agent of a political strategy to expose peoples in voluntary isolation to contact with outsiders. The Piripkura people, the Pirititi Indigenous Land and the Ituna Itatá Indigenous Land demonstrate the connivance of the indigenist body with the economic and political power that seeks to profit from their natural resources: agribusiness, logging and illegal mining.

Illegal mining in Yanomami Indigenous Land. Photo: Bruno Kelly / HAY

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Myanmar: The drug epidemic in Rakhine State

BY KYAW LIN FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

In recent decades, the country has become a major producer of yaba, a synthetic drug distributed in pills easily available throughout the country. Rakhine State has now been transformed into one of the major hubs for drug transit in the country and is living through a drug addiction crisis. Meanwhile drug lords pay corrupt authorities to facilitate their business and use money made from drug trafficking to buy property in all major cities of the state.

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Peru: the spiral of a never-ending crisis

BY ANA MARÍA VIDAL CARRASCO FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

The crisis we are experiencing is not new. It would seem that we had already hit rock bottom and that we could not fall any lower. However, the days go by and the misgovernment grows stronger. After five different presidents in five years, the only permanent and lasting features in Peru seem to be police repression and an economic model based on the exploitation and export of raw materials.

 

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The industrialisation of lithium and citizen participation in Bolivia

BY JOSÉ CARLOS SOLÓN FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

Over the past 10 years, society has had little to no control over the exploitation of the deposits located in the Uyuni Salt Flat. Despite being a right established in the new Political Constitution, no prior consultation process was ever implemented. The two public consultations that did take place were merely a formality that had to be met to obtain the environmental licences. The Indigenous communities of Potosí are demanding that they be informed of the impact of the evaporation ponds, industrial plants and water supply plants. Quite apart from the errors that are occurring in its implementation, the industrialisation process is failing because the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) government is not promoting a space for dialogue in which all actors can participate in decision-making.

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Historic mobilization of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil

BY INDIANARA RAMIRES MACHADO FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS

As never before, leaders from all over the country came together for a show of force against Jair Bolsonaro's anti-Indigenous and genocidal policies. It is no longer just symbolic violence or covert racism: it is direct violence. The Indigenous peoples want to be protagonists of a new development model and, to that end, they seek to increase their representation in the national Congress. Unity with city workers and family farmers is a fundamental requirement for us to move towards a more just society.

Photo: Midia NINJA

 

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